One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Molding into one; unifying.‘Coleridge defines imagination as the esemplastic power’
- ‘‘Picturesque associationism and the ‘esemplastic’ romantic imagination here replace the empirical obsession of eighteenth-century travel writing’.’
- ‘There are other novelists who seem to be able to remake themselves drastically from one novel to the next, and can find any number of grooves for their ‘esemplastic’ (Coleridge's wonderful word) genius.’
Early 19th century: from Greek es ‘into’ + hen (neuter of heis ‘one’) + -ic; formed irregularly by Coleridge, probably suggested by German Ineinsbildung, in the same sense.
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